Gallery: PREFAB FRIDAY: ModCell’s Stunning Straw-bale Prefab Homes

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Straw bale construction is both sustainable and remarkably energy efficient, and its organic nature can create some incredibly beautiful homes. But this building technique is not for everyone, nor every climate, and using straw bales in construction requires an almost artisan-like craftsmanship. A prefab company in the UK called ModCell, has taken an innovative approach that merges straw bale construction with prefabricated panels, with an end result that is highly attractive, energy-efficient and very sustainable. If prefab is your thing, ModCell is definitely a company you’ll want to look into.

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  1. Modular_Thailand September 7, 2010 at 12:45 am

    What beautiful it is! I think, it look like regular houses both inside and outside. Home developer done very great job.

    This Straw bale homes could customize to small commercial solution such as Coffee’ shop, convenience shop, etc.

    – Lifesbox modular Thailand.

  2. manny March 8, 2010 at 1:01 am

    Great article…great photos
    I believe a house constructed from straw bales and powered by alternative energy from solar panels is both an environmentally friendly and economically sound alternative to a more orthodox building

  3. tcfsc January 19, 2010 at 11:13 am

    Hi Bridgette

    I would have contacted you directly about this but couldn’t find your details, hence commenting on the article. Thank you for offering me the opportunity to elaborate further.

    Independent research shows that FSC is the only certification system that specifies objective and verifiable minimum requirements for forest management and closely monitors if these have been achieved.

    FSC is also the only system in which economic, environmental and social interests have their own formal place in the organisation and which has public summaries of its certification reports.

    The transparency and consistency of the FSC system means that it is widely considered to be the ‘gold standard’ of forest certification.

    For more information on the comparison of forest certification schemes, and the differences between them, please see:

  4. Bridgette Meinhold January 14, 2010 at 8:56 am

    tcfsc, I have corrected the article to show that PEFC is in fact not UK’s version of the FSC. But please, can you enlighten us on the difference? They seem to have similar goals at least?

  5. Shropshire Architect January 12, 2010 at 11:34 am

    A nice well executed house.

  6. tcfsc January 11, 2010 at 4:36 am

    PEFC is not the UK’s version of FSC. The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) operate a global forest and chain of custody certification programme, the only forest certification scheme endorsed by WWF, the Woodland Trust and Greenpeace. FSC certified forests are managed with respect for the environment, wildlife and the people who live and work in them, for more information please see or

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